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Eastwood science fair winners

The following students submitted winning posters at the Eastwood Elementary School science fair.

Kindergarten: Jane Hollis Poovey, John Moebes, Kayla Lang, first place; Meagan Pistorius, Beverly Fite, Kaden Rosencrance, second place; Joshua May, Heidi Hudspeth, Daniel Harrison, third place; Malone Johnson, Cricket Powell, Alex Jones, honorable mention.

First grade: Laura Leigh Vought, Mac Johnson, first place; Codey Lewis, Myra Wallace, second place; Anna Grace Morris, Tollie Beasley, third place; Beau Claborn, Sanders White, honorable mention.

Second grade: Lee Petersen, Hicks Pettey, Will Gannaway, first place; Saylor Solley, Ashley Grisham, Charlie Crane, second place; Mulan Throneberry, Brett Drake, Dan Fite, third place; Jack Davis, Wiley Irish, Meg Shelton, Alex Jones, honorable mention.

Third grade: Abby Yager, Eli Breeding, Thomas Meadows, first place; Anthony Mangrum, Braidy Terry, Emily Overbee, second place; Mary V. Holman, Courtney Jackson, Trent Peyton, third place; Barrett Moebes, Griffin McCollum, Scott Littrell, honorable mention.

Fourth grade: Riley Murphree, Anna Bekah Hughes, Rowe Peebles, first place; Brandon May, Elizabeth Cochran, second place; Summer Pollard, Joe Sanders, third place; Morgan Simrell, honorable mention.

Fifth grade: Austin Hughes, Bailie McRae, Megan Turner, first place; William Meadows, Adam Roberts, Sam Breeding, second place; Celia Gannaway, Sergeant Wise, Brittany Riley, third place; Sam Davis, honorable mention.

AMP scholarships

Alabama Media Professionals is accepting applications for the 2007 student scholarship award.

The competition is open to Alabama high school seniors and college students pursuing careers in
journalism, communications, broadcast, Web, or other media
fields. Application deadline is March 12.

Preference will be given to college sophomores and juniors, but others are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be enrolled in an Alabama school or an Alabama college/university (public or private), or legal residents of Alabama studying out of state.

For applications and more information, see

Calhoun financial aid day

Calhoun Community College
will hold its financial aid day March 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Noble Russell Building on the Decatur campus.

The event will be in room 154 at the Huntsville campus.

Students and parents should bring their 2005 income tax information to complete the application process.

Applicants for any form of financial aid at the college are required to complete and submit a processed Free Application for Federal Student Aid form to qualify for a scholarship.

The form may be completed and submitted online at or may be completed at financial aid day.

For more information, call 306-2624.

Wallace State scholarships

The Music Department at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville will hold scholarship auditions March 2 in the music education building on campus.

For more information call 352-8277 or e-mail joann.castles@wallacestate .edu.

UNA scholarships

These area students have been awarded scholarships from The University of North Alabama.

Emily Kelso of Hillsboro, leadership scholarship.

She is a senior at East Lawrence High School where she is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the science honor society, is ranked in the top 10 of her class, has been named to “Who’s Who Among American High School Students” and to the National Honor Roll.

She is the daughter of Stephen and Cindy Kelso.

Lydia Danielle Benton of Decatur, academic scholarship. She is a senior at Decatur Heritage Christian Academy and is the daughter of Tammy and Larry Benton.

Wildlife art contests

The Alabama Wildlife Federation, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge announce the 2007 Ireland Youth Wildlife Art Contest and the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest throughout Alabama.

Both contests are open to all public, private and home-schooled students in grades K-12 across Alabama.

Top winners in each category will be awarded plaques and art supplies at a luncheon April 21 in Montgomery. Winners’ schools will also receive a $50 gift certificate for their art programs.

All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

The Alabama Wildlife Federation’s Ireland Youth Wildlife Art Contest recognizes artistic abilities, while the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest design is a term paper in which students use visual rather than verbal articulation to show what they have learned.

Participants select a species of North American waterfowl, research the species and its habitat and then depict the waterfowl in an artistic medium.

The deadline for both contests is March 15. Submissions for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest will be collected at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in North Alabama, while contest submissions for the Ireland Youth Wildlife Art Contest will be collected at the AWF office in Millbrook.

See or contact the AWF at (800) 822-9453 for a contest brochure and more information.

For questions regarding the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest, see or call Kevin Hamrick at 350-6639.

Calhoun scholarships

Calhoun Community College announces its full-tuition scholarships through the Tuition and Fee Waiver Grant Program.

The grant is a state-funded program for economically disadvantaged students and pays for tuition and fees related to attending Calhoun Community College during the fall 2007 and spring 2008 terms.

An economically disadvantaged student is defined as one who is an Alabama resident qualifying for a
federal Pell Grant and federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant.

Applicants must be new students enrolled full-time (15 semester hours) for the 2007 fall term, must complete the free application for federal student aid form, must complete the tuition and fee waiver application, must be eligible for a federal Pell Grant and SEOG, must be eligible for in-state tuition rates and must be admitted as a regular, degree-seeking student.

Deadline is June 15 for the fall term and Oct. 15 for the spring 2008 term Application forms are available

For more information, contact Mary Asherbranner, office of student financial services, at 306-2624.

Austin choirs

The Austin High School choirs participated in the Alabama Vocal Association District Performance Evaluations on Feb. 13 at First Baptist Church in Decatur.

Austin’s Concert Choir received three “excellent” ratings in performance and one “superior” rating in sight reading.

The Women’s Choir received all excellent ratings in performance and sight reading.

The Chamber Choir received all superior ratings in performance and sight reading and will go to the state festival in Montgomery in May.

Austin has 160 students in grades 9-12 in its choirs.

The Austin choirs were among 27 participating in the festival.

Presidential Scholars

Sarah Carper of Decatur has been named one of more than 2,600 candidates in the 2007 Presidential Scholars Program. She is a senior at Austin High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit finalist and Mu Alpha Theta. Candidates are selected based on their SAT or ACT scores, and from school recommendations, transcripts and student essays.

She is the daughter of Anne and Joe Carper.

Teachers honored

Area educators Keith Trawick and Susan White have received New Teacher Grants from the Alabama Power Service Organization.

Candidates are selected by the state’s public teacher colleges and by a committee including education school deans.

Winners will receive a $1,000
grant for classroom materials and supplies.

Trawick is an instructor at Athens Intermediate School and is a graduate of The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

White is an instructor at
Woodmeade Elementary School and is a graduate of Athens State University.

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